Grateful Dead Live at Cal Expo Amphitheatre on 1989-08-04
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Greatest Story Ever Told
Never Trust A Woman
Built To Last
Queen Jane Approximately
Wang Dang Doodle ->
Crazy Fingers ->
Cumberland Blues ->
Eyes Of The World ->
The Wheel ->
I Need A Miracle ->
Stella Blue ->
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
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|Greatest Story Ever Told|
|Mama Tried ->|
|Never Trust A Woman|
|Built To Last|
|Queen Jane Approximately|
|Wang Dang Doodle ->|
|Crazy Fingers ->|
|Cumberland Blues ->|
|Eyes Of The World ->|
|The Wheel ->|
|I Need A Miracle ->|
|Stella Blue ->|
|It's All Over Now, Baby Blue|
AUD Source from David Minches supplies:
Space (3:30 - 3:53)
-- Discs 2 and 3 are seamless
- 2008-05-08 03:31:24
- Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/48k) ->
- Sacramento, CA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Cal Expo Amphitheatre
Subject: My 59th Show
The song choices were fantastic, And Jerry and Brent were passing solos back and forth all weekend. The show started as hot as the day with Bertha> Greatest Story. Listening back, I wonder what guitar(s) Jerry was playing. At times it sounds like Wolf. Then later it seems like the black Strat comes out. Maybe someone smarter than me knows the answer. Love Althea - good version. There were lyric flubs here and there, but the energy was so good it just didn’t take away from the whole picture. Fun Cowboy songs, they’re usually strong. Being a keyboard player and big Brent fan, Never Trust A Woman was always a welcome rarity. Solid versions of Queen Jane, Jack-a-Roe (another fav) and Cassidy. But Deal is the real story of the set. Just a killer version. Jerry didn’t want to stop soloing at the end. It was more JGB than the Dead. Even his vocals were on.
Second set was full of more surprises. 30+ minutes of nonstop Grateful Dead is a beautiful thing. Crazy> Cumberland> Eyes! Then a pretty short drums before Jerry’s back out (with the black Strat?) getting down with MIDI and channeling his inner-Bach with a bit of Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring. It was beautiful. Then another string of solid playing by the boys. A pretty Stella, especially the outro with Jer hitting the horn sounds and Brent answering. And SSDD has a different flavor, with Jerry playing a lot of rhythm and (probably) letting Brent rip, Phil drop bombs, & Bob rock star out. The whole show and weekend was full of the guys digging on each other. Jerry and Brent especially had big ears. I love Cal Expo!
Subject: Cal Expo
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: Weird start to this show...
Set 1 - strong start with Bertha, although Jer sort of miffs Althea - you've heard it lyrically much stronger, yo...there are little "moments" sprinkled throughout the set that makes it worth hearing - Jerry so *sincerely* dialing in Built to Last (really, what a version!), Brent's delightful solo on Queen jane, it all just flows well. The Cassidy-Deal one-two closer is, for me, the best part of this show - the latter in particular is as hot as you imagine.
Set 2 coasts through the tunes, and, Cumberland aside, there aren't any real surprises here...everything, again, is good, but that's about it. I think Stella comes off best post-drums.
One note on this Space - it sounds like Jerry, at one point, is playing some kind of tune that eludes me....anyone know what it is he's teasing? If that is a spontaneous composition by Jer instead, well, hot damn!
Subject: Best of the batch
Subject: Really about a 3 1/2
I really do enjoy the next two nights of the run, but this one is simply not up to their standard for all time, or 1989. Jerry is absolutely not playing his best music throughout most of this show. He seems not so much lost, but uninspired – even tired. His poor dexterity is much more reminiscent of the last two carpel-tunnel afflicted years, to be quite honest. Phil & Brent alike are playing up to their standards. Unfortunately, the only tracks really worth coming back to in this show are the Space Jam -> The Wheel, Stella Blue, and Baby Blue … and I will quickly point out that each of these tracks are really outstanding. But notice how they are all pretty somber tunes. It just seems Jerry was not really in the mood to celebrate that night, for whatever reason, and his creativity and execution suffered because of it. Let us be honest – a Grateful Dead show cannot be a truly GREAT Grateful Dead show unless Jerry is adequately “present.” Two stars for being unimpressive, and just plain below the intensity average of 1989.
Subject: 20 years almost....
of the Bands existence...It was the summer of 89' ...
1989 - 90'....just owning these songs
and making some of the best music ever
played in the history of mankind....
Subject: Good as Alpine 89
Subject: Right where Alpine left off
The scene: Tanner and I had come from Alpine and were planning to go to Yosemite for the time between the shows. But the bus broke down in Jackson, CA. We made it back up to Sacto and wound up hanging out there while the bus got fixed up – never made it to Yosemite. The scene at these shows was great. The whole back lot was open for camping, and there was (is) a water park adjacent to the Cal Expo – a great way to cool down, clean up, and have a bunch of pre-show fun. Inside, this place is tiny, by summer show standards. It’s set up like an indoor arena with seating all around the outside and then an open “floor,” but it’s small and outdoors. Lots of dirt/dust, if I remember correctly. I danced in one of the entranceways under the bleachers leading out to the “floor,” where there was plenty of space and decent sound.
The music: Great show. Top rate long first set. Nothing out of the ordinary song-wise, but everything is well played. Brent puts some real nice work into Never Trust (“leave this god-damn town” may be a little ode to Sacto being his hometown shows). Great jam in Cassidy – worth a listen, even if you don’t listen to the whole first set. Lots of good listening between band members. Smokin Deal. Great transition from Truckin into Wang Dang Doodle. Gorgeous Crazy Fingers. Check out Phil’s licks in Cumberland – well okay, check out Jerry’s too. Although they started taking Eyes to another level in late spring/summer 90, this one is really nice. Jerry and Phil just swirl around each other like it’s 73 all over – but the secret weapon here is that Brent wasn’t there in 73, and he’s got a few nice contributions. Stella, as others have noted, is really nice. Phil, after staying in the background for much of this show, drops some nice bombs near the end of Mags.